Thermal properties of PrBa2Cu4O8 prepared at ambient oxygen pressure

H. D. Yang*, C. W. Lin, Jiunn-Yuan Lin, T. H. Meen, H. L. Tsay, J. C. Huang, S. R. Sheen, M. K. Wu

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Polycrystalline PrBa2Cu4O8 (Pr124) has been prepared at ambient oxygen pressure by nitrite pyrolysis method. Powder x-ray-diffraction patterns show a nearly single R124 phase. Thermogravimetric analysis indicates that its thermal stability is distinct from that of Pr123. Specific heat C has been measured from 0.5 to 40 K, and is very similar to that of Pr123. A maximum of C occurs around 17 K which could be due to a magnetic ordering. Entropy difference ΔS has been calculated from ΔC/T between Pr124 and Y124. The possible origins of ΔS and the related magnetic properties are discussed. Resistivity ρ(T) of Pr124 shows a nearly metallic behavior similar to what was observed in Pr124 made by the O2-HIP technique. The metallic ρ(T) at low temperatures is of interest and will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1407-1408
Number of pages2
JournalPhysica C: Superconductivity and its applications
Issue numberPART 3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1997


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